For 41-year-old Walter Szulc, Jr., his first trip on a kayak might just be his last. The Manchester, New Hampshire, native hit nearby Nauset Beach in Orleans on Saturday, content to spend the Fourth of July weekend in the peace and tranquility of the water. Instead, Szulc had a brush with death as a great-white shark took an interest in his kayaking. As seen above, a man in a kayak was chased by a shark just 50 yards away from shore.
“To actually see it, to see the fin come out of the water behind me, it was a moment, almost like I was watching it happen to me,” said a shaken-up Szulc. ”It’s hard to explain. It all happened so quick and I knew I had to react. I had a deep swallow, that ‘Oh my God’ moment, then I just paddled.”
To his credit, Szulc made it back to shore without tipping over until the very last moment, which is amazing for someone in a kayak their first time. Still, he got very lucky. Great white sharks are very aggressive, and to get that close to one and not be eaten is about as amazing as surfing on top of one. A kayak–or any boat–won’t necessarily make you safe from a shark that really wants to get its eat on.
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